I just got back from the gym and I wanted to rant about some golf fitness talk. I worked with two clients this morning, and our sessions went well.
These particular golfers are mid-life players who want to gain and maintain flexibility and the ability to "turn", as they like to call it. One of the clients has been with me before, and I am always thrilled when someone returns for more golf fitness sessions with me, because it means they felt the benefits of golf fitness the first time. The other golfer is new to golf fitness, but I think he's really enjoying our sessions together.
I always remember in my training to become a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor when they taught us:
"Give a golfer an excuse, and he'll be with you for life."
Or something along those lines, but you get the idea. They have a point, you know. If you're a golf lover, you're probably reading this blog. And if you're still reading, you must really love golf! How many times have you been taught a piece of information or found a club or putter that fits your swing perfectly and been forever grateful to the source for your new-found happiness?
It happens all the time with golfers. We're an interesting bunch. But it's true. If you give us an excuse, or something that makes the game easier, we're going to stick with hit (hopefully). The same should be true for golf fitness. The problem is, too few golfers have discovered golf fitness as their "excuse". If you could only feel firsthand the benefits of added "turn", flexibility, stability, and strength for your golf game, I promise you'd never stop.
Another problem: too few golfers give golf fitness a chance. I'm baffled really. It's easy for me to talk about golf fitness and all its benefits because I'm a golf fitness instructor, and I'm never really been "on the other side". Is it money? The nature of the exercise being viewed as too hard? Is it time?
Feel free to comment, because I truly would like to know. I've yet to find any market research about golf fitness, and maybe I'll conduct some of my own - which I'm sort of doing right now - or dig deeper to find some studies. But like I said, I can talk until I'm blue in the face about the benefits of golf fitness, but it's up to you to make the decision to give it a shot. Even if you think you're in the greatest shape in the world, you could have muscle imbalances holding you back and not even know it.
Golf is hard enough, and anything in our bodies holding us back has got to be eliminated. This is why golf fitness is so important. We all want to make great, repeatable swings, and the only thing standing in our way is lots of practice and our own bodies.
So what's holding you back? I'd love to hear from you.